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  • Captain Charles Worth Diven, Company G, 12th Regiment, PRVC

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    Captain Charles Worth Diven - Company G, 12th Regiment, Pennsylvania Reserves.  Nice ink inscription on reverse. 

    Wounded at Fort Stedman  - Promoted to General

    Diven was living in York County when the war broke out; he was age 30 working as a Tinner. Born in Shirleysburg, Huntingdon County - Diven had previously served in the Mexican War in Colonel Geary's Regiment.

    When the Bailey's Invincibles were formed in May 1861, Diven was elected First Lieutenant, and subsequently when the regiment was formed, Diven was bumped up to Captain of Company G.

    On April 19, 1864, Diven was promoted Major of the regiment; and four months later would be mustered out as such. Diven elected to stay in the service, and joined the 200th Pennsylvania Regiment as its Colonel. He was afterwards wounded at Fort Stedman and awarded a brevet to Brigadier General.

    Charles Worth Diven:

    Residence York County PA; 29 years old.

    Enlisted on 6/25/1861 as a Captain.

    On 6/25/1861 he was commissioned into "G" Co. PA 41st Infantry

    He was Mustered Out on 6/11/1864 at Harrisburg, PA

    On 9/3/1864 he was commissioned into Field & Staff PA 200th Infantry

    He was discharged on 5/18/1865

     He was listed as:

    * Wounded 3/25/1865 Fort Stedman, VA


    * Major 4/19/1864

    * Colonel 9/3/1864 (As of 200th PA Inf)

    * Brig-General 3/25/1865 by Brevet

     Intra Regimental Company Transfers:

    * 4/19/1864 from company G to Field & Staff

     Other Information:

    born 7/27/1831 in Huntingdon County, PA

    died 2/20/1889 in Shirleysburg, PA


    Forty-first Infantry.-Cols., John H. Taggart, Martin D. Hardin Lieut.-Cols., Samuel N. Bailey, Martin D. Hardin, Peter Baldy, Richard Gustin; Majs., Peter Baldy, Andrew J. Bolar, Charles W. Diven.  This regiment, the 12th reserve, was organized at Harrisburg, mustered into the U. S. service at Camp Curtin, for three years on Aug. 1O, 1861, and performedits first active duty guarding the state arsenal, which was endangered by the disaffected three months, troops, who had recently been discharged.  In August, it reported at the camp of the reserves, Tennallytown, Md., and was attached to the 3rd brigade.  It encamped at Langley; shared in the success at Dranesville in December, was detached for guard duty at Catlett's station in April 1862, and then joined in the battles on the Peninsula.  At Mechanicsviile, Gaines, mill and Glendale it won a reputation for steadiness and bravery.  The regiment remained in the 3rd brigade in the campaigns which followed engaging at the second Bull Run, South mountain, Antietam and Fredericksburg and returned with the reserves to Washington for the winter of 1862-63.  It fought at Gettysburg, Bristoe and Rappahannock Stations and Mine Run, and spent the winter near Catlett's station.  It participated in the battles of the Wilderness campaign in May, 1864, the battle of Bethesda Church being its final engagement, after which the veterans and recruits were transferred to the 190th Pa. infantry and the regiment returned to Harrisburg, where it was mustered out on June 11, 1864.

    Inventory Number: PRVC 080